DESA News

Volume 16, No.11 - November 2012

Publications and websites


Technical reports

LINK Global Economic Outlook

LINK Global Economic Outlook Four years after the eruption of the global financial crisis, the world economy is still in a precarious situation. Growth has weakened considerably during 2012 and the prospects for the next two years continue to be challenging, fraught with a number of uncertainties and risks slanted towards the downside. The report proposes a different policy approach, moving away from the current emphasis on fiscal austerity to focus on short and long-term measures to stimulate jobs growth.

Read the full report: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/proj_link/documents/linkreportfall2012.pdf

Websites

Launch of the redesigned version of the Support Measures Portal for Least Developed Countries

The new interactive platform compiles and catalogues information about LDC-specific international support measures provided by development partners. It allows users to learn about what the measures are, who the main suppliers are, and how they can access to these resources. Users can also participate in discussions, make comments, present views, ask questions and highlight their own experience.

To access the portal: http://esango.un.org/ldcportal/

Statistical compilations

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online

Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS OnlineThe Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or bimonthly, quarterly and annual data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise, trade and finance.

Vol. LXVI – No. 9, September 2012

In addition to regular monthly tables, this issue includes the following quarterly and annual tables:
12a. Earnings in non-agricultural activities, by sex.
18. Fuel imports, developed economies: unit value and volume indices; value.
19. Indicators on fuel imports, developed economies.
37. External trade conversion factors.
39. Manufactured goods exports: unit value indices, volume indices and value.
41. Exports by commodity classes and by regions: developed economies.
51. Selected series of world statistics.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs

Outreach material

DESA NGO News

The October issue is now available online highlighting the post-2015 development agenda and featuring a brief FAQ sheet on this process. It also features information on procedures of relevance for civil society organizations and NGOs requesting ground passes in New York, as well as the work sessions of the Second and Third Committees. The online monthly newsletter is published by DESA’s NGO Branch, providing the most up-to-date information on news and upcoming events of interest to civil society at UN headquarters in New York, Geneva and elsewhere.

To access the issue: http://csonet.org/content/documents/oct.html

Social Development Link Newsletter

Published monthly by the Civil Society and Outreach Unit of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), the latest issue is now available. It aims to provide a sharp and synthetic summary of major activities carried out by DSPD. It also serves as a link between DSPD and its major partners, from civil society actors to social development practitioners and scholars.

View full issue at: http://social.un.org/index/Newsletters/SDLNewsletter/October2012.aspx

Youth Flash Newsletter

The latest issue of Youth Flash is now available online, highlighting among other things the 2nd International Youth Leadership Academy (IYLA) and how 29 committed young people traveled to attend the event in Istanbul. The newsletter is a service of the UN Programme on Youth to keep the public informed about the work of the UN on youth issues. It is prepared with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and from youth organizations around the world.

View the full issue at: http://social.un.org/index/Youth/YouthFlashNewsletter/2012/October.aspx

Enable Newsletter

The September-October issue is now available. ENABLE Newsletter is prepared by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) within DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development, with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programmes, and civil society. It highlights among other things how many and which countries have ratified the convention.

View full issue at: http://www.un.org/disabilities/

SPFII on Twitter

As part of on-going online outreach efforts, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is now on Twitter. For updates, follow @UN4Indigenous.

Meeting records

Adoption of the Resolution on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014

The sixty-sixth session of the UN General Assembly adopted the Draft Resolution A/66/L.61, which was orally amended and agreed upon, on the Organization of the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

For details: social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/WorldConference.aspx

Discussion papers

Monthly Briefing on the World Economic Situation and Prospects

Published by DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, the latest October briefing puts spotlight on stalling economic activity in developed countries which has caused the growth of world trade to slow significantly, continued economic uncertainty in the eurozone and the enactment of significant reforms by the Government of India.

To download: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wesp/wesp_mb/wesp_mb48.pdf